BOSTON (WPRI) ─ Local supermarket chains have carved out a designated shopping time for older customers to protect them from the novel coronavirus.
Starting on Thursday from 6-7:30 a.m., Stop & Shop will be open for people 60 and older only, giving them an opportunity to shop in a less crowded environment.
After that, the stores will be open to all customers until 8 p.m.
“Although Stop & Shop will not be requesting ID for entry, they request that we all respect the purpose of the early opening – and do the right thing for our older neighbors,” the company said in a statement. “Stop & Shop will reserve the right to ask customers to leave if they are not a member of this age group.”
Stop & Shop also said its stores are continuing to “maintain high levels of hygiene and sanitation.”
Target is also offering “seniors only” shopping hours, setting aside the first hour of every Wednesday (8-9 a.m.) for more vulnerable customers.
The company is also “encouraging other guests to plan their shopping trips around this time frame.”
Other stores like Dave’s, Shaw’s and Whole Foods are also doing the same.
Other Stores with Accommodations for Customers Over 60
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Many of these businesses are placing a cap on how much you can buy, specifically high demand items like hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and toilet paper.
“It makes it a lot easier on us older people who don’t want to come out,” one shopper said.
Another shopper added, “I think it’s wonderful but it needs to be longer, I can’t shop that fast.”
If you are still wary of leaving the house, several grocery stores want to remind you that delivery might be an option.
You can have a loved one place your order for you or contact your preferred store to see if they offer the service.